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I'm looking for an answer here. Something dawned on me recently. Why is there such an issue in getting goods out of Ukraine when it is bordered by 5 non-hostile countries, 1 of which has active ports to facilitate the transport of goods by sea?
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I think it might be because bulk grain carrying ships (the normal route) have dedicated and large loading facilities and each can carry many many trains worth of grain. No such extensive loading facilites exist apparently, to load trains, so at best they are getting about 10 to 20% of normal volumes out via the Danube. And only that because Ukraine liberated Snake Island.
Well, that's worth looking into. But is it only grain that's the issue? We're told that basically everything comes from the Ukraine - even air....

I know I'm being a bit flippant here but did they really put all their eggs in one basket with the shipment of grain? Are we supposed to believe that Poland doesn't buy any grain and if they did, it'd have to come by sea?
 

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Now I'm digging into the info. What I'm finding is (and including the above story from Politico) is a lot of BS. Seems their main grain (maize) customer is China. Next is the Netherlands, Spain and Turkey. Hardly the 'poorest, fragile countries and vulnerable populations'.....
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What do you think will happen if China can't buy $3bn of maize from Ukraine?
Is that the UK's problem? I know it's not 'good', but how is this affecting our grain prices and supermarket prices?

Also, as the article said, a large shipment left before the war started, so there's some buffer for China.
 

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So back to my first point. They have established routes of supply to countries via land based transport. I'm not sure I get why that couldn't be ramped up at least to soften the blow. Maybe it has. Seems I need to do more digging.
 
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